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Occupational Therapy

About This Program

You’re a people person. You love helping others, even when that requires patience, empathy, and hard work. You want a career that can take you places. Occupational therapy may be the program for you.

Why Utica College

Building on a liberal arts foundation, the mission of Utica College's graduate program in occupational therapy is to facilitate the transformation of students into autonomous thinkers and community leaders. Taught by UC’s accomplished faculty, students learn the skills to help people become active, aid those in recovery from a physical or cognitive injury, and provide support to the elderly.

 

Utica College also offers a Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy:

Occupational Therapy Graduate Program

Freshman Entry Sequence

A maximum of 25 students who have indicated that they are interested in occupational therapy may be considered for fall semester admission freshman entry into the Health Studies OT program if they meet the following academic criteria:
 

  • High School Grade Point Average of 85.0 or higher
  • HS Rank in the top 25 percentile
  • SAT score of 1150 or above (or ACT equivalent)
  • Solid academic and personal profile
  • Sound ability in science and math, completing at least:
    • One year of biology;
    • One year of another science, e.g., chemistry or physics
    • Three years of math

During the freshman year, in consultation with their academic adviser, students must select either the typical 4+2 sequence or the accelerated 3+2 sequence into the master's program. The typical 4+2 Health Studies with continuation to graduate occupational therapy sequence affords students the opportunity for greater engagement in undergraduate activities, such as athletics, student government, and/or study-abroad. If students are approved for the accelerated sequence, upon completion of prerequisite coursework and entrance criteria, students enter the occupational therapy graduate phase of the program in August of the senior year (3+2).

Academic Standards

Students who do not demonstrate sufficient progress toward degree, including meeting designated benchmark grade point averages will lose their guaranteed seat in the graduate phase of the program. These individuals will be reassigned as Health Studies majors in order to facilitate the timely completion of a bachelor's degree. They may apply to the graduate program through the standard graduate application process.

Apply Now as an OT Freshman Student

Transfer Entry Sequence

Students who are interested in occupational therapy may be accepted for transfer entry into the Health Studies OT track program on a space available basis if they meet the following criteria:

  • GPA of 3.2
  • Minimum of 60 credits or completed A.S. degree
  • Prerequisites:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I and II
    • Statistics
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology OR Introduction to Anthropology
    • Ethics OR Professional Ethics
  • Must be deemed core complete upon completion of a credit evaluation.

Students that meet all admission criteria and are admitted to the Health Studies OT track program are guaranteed a seat in the Occupational Therapy Master's program as long as all continuation requirements have been satisfied.

Academic Standards

Students who do not demonstrate sufficient progress toward their degree, including meeting designated benchmark grade point averages will lose their guaranteed seat in the graduate phase of the program. These individuals will be reassigned as Health Studies majors in order to facilitate the timely completion of a bachelor's degree. They may apply to the graduate program through the standard graduate application process.

APPLY NOW AS AN OT TRANSFER STUDENT

Delivered in an accelerated format, the OT Weekend/Bridge Program combines online with face-to-face learning and is one of the shortest paths to graduation as an OT. Once accepted into the OT Weekend/Bridge Program, courses are held on campus typically every other weekend, Friday night through Sunday afternoon for fall and spring semesters with coursework supplemented by online and independent study. Full-time fieldwork experiences are required, including three months in a setting providing services to adults and three months in a setting providing services to children.

If you have your OTA or PTA, the OT Weekend/Bridge Program at Utica College makes it even easier to get your bachelor's.

OT Weekend/Bridge Program Transfer Entry Sequence

Students who are interested in the Health Studies Occupational Therapy Weekend/Bridge Program must submit an application and meet the following requirements:  

  • GPA of 3.2
  • Minimum of 60 credits or completed A.S. degree
  • Prerequisites:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I and II
    • Statistics
    • Introduction to psychology
    • Introduction to sociology or anthropology
    • Ethics OR Professional Ethics
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Lifespan Developmental Psychology OR Lifespan Human Development
    • 46 Liberal Arts credits
  • Must be deemed core complete upon completion of credit evaluation
  • Students must have completed all of the prerequisite courses to be considered for the OT Weekend program

Students that meet all admission criteria and are admitted to the OT Weekend/Bridge Program are guaranteed a seat in the Occupational Therapy Masters program as long as all continuation requirements have been satisfied.

Apply Now as a Transfer Student to the OT Weekend program

Contact Information

Office of Admissions

(315) 792-3006

Nancy Hollins

Department Chair
(315) 792-3230

General Information

Track

  • Major

Degree

  • B.S. to M.S.

Location

  • Utica Campus
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Occupational Therapy at Utica

Career Opportunities

Students and graduates have presented at national and state conferences and many have published in occupational therapy journals and health related journals. Our graduates work in a variety of arenas of health care including:
    • Hospitals
    • Rehabilitation Centers
    • Nursing Homes
    • Schools
    • Community Programs
    • Private Practice
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98% PASS RATE

Utica College proudly has a 98% pass rate for National Board for Certification in OT (NBCOT) exam (2018). Click link to view passage rate for the last three years.
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Options

Occupational Therapy students have several program completion options: freshmen entry, transfer entry (day format), transfer entry/bridge (weekend format), graduate entry (day format), and graduate entry (weekend format).

What You'll Learn

UC’s occupational therapy program is distinctive in its collaborative community alliances that enable faculty and students to meet the needs of society while promoting critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and skill development. The Occupational Therapy program is approved by the New York State Education Department and fully accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

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Occupational Therapy Faculty

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A Degree That Works

Our graduates work in a variety of arenas of health care including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, nursing homes, and community programs and private practice. Students and graduates have presented at national and state conferences and many have published in occupational therapy journals and health related journals.

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Student Voices: Melanie Carlson '17

Utica College's 2017 Valedictorian Melanie Carlson talks about her experience in Utica College's 3+2 Occupational Therapy masters program.

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Getting Involved

In her own words, Occupational Therapy major and water polo player Evelyn Kurzac '14 discusses her experiences at Utica College.

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Student Voices: Cassandra Dychton

Occupational therapy major Cassandra Dychton discusses what she feels makes the UC faculty outstanding and how her field work in the Domenican Republic helped solidified her career choices and her confidence in herself.

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Real-World Experience

The UCOT Dominican Republic experience consists of a Level 1 Fieldwork Experience for the occupational therapy students who are in their final year of the graduate occupational therapy program. The students work collaboratively with supervisors from Utica College as well as occupational therapists in the Dominican Republic to provide occupational therapy intervention services.

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Student Voices: Tessa Lamper

Occupational Therapy major Tessa Lamper discusses how she found Utica College to have something for everyone and, though reserved in high school, found the warm environment and people of UC helped bring her out of her shell.

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Involvement

The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is a student-led professional organization affiliated with the student organization of the American Occupational Therapy Association and supports local service organizations, fundraises for students to attend local and national conferences, and offers students first-hand lessons of the value of professional relationships.

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Alumni Voices: Katherine Kerr

Katherine Kerr is a 2013 alum of the Utica College M.S. program in occupational therapy. In early 2015, she organized a wheelchair basketball league in her hometown of Belleville, Ontario, Canada. According to Katherine, the idea was inspired by her experience working with Utica’s Sitrin STARS adaptive sports program, part of her fieldwork while attending UC.

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ACOTE Accredited

The Occupational Therapy program is fully accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. The phone number for ACOTE is (301) 652-AOTA [301-652-2682]. The web address of ACOTE is www.acoteonline.org.

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NBCOT Accredited

All Utica College MS/OT program graduates are eligible to apply and sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), located at One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878; phone (301) 990-7979. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or obtain a state license as an occupational therapist.

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